Want to save a little Energy this Spring?

Spring has finally arrived in many areas. Coming in on Spring’s heels will be bright sunny summer days, soaring temperatures, and the inevitable higher energy use, and sadly, subsequent bills.

With Earth Day right around the corner, we realize there are so many easy ways we can do our part to use less energy and enjoy the added benefit of lower costs on our monthly bill.  We wanted to share some simple ways we’ve learned, how you can reap the rewards of saving energy while helping the community around you.

Here are a couple of easy things you can try today…

  1. If forgetting to turn off lights, fans or lowering your thermostat when you leave the house is a problem, start using one of the many smart home products that can solve those issues.  For instance, with Switchmate you can set a timer to turn off your lights & fans and have them turn back on later to cool down & light up the house right before you arrive.  No longer will they need to be on all day!
  2. Avoid using your oven around 3-6 pm when temperatures in the home are hottest. Cook early in the day or late at night when its cooler and then warm up dinner on the stove top.  Cook dinner, on low, in a crock pot.  Things like this, help keep your home cooler and there is less need for extra fans & air conditioning during this time. You could even go outside and use the grill to cook dinner.
  3. Close your blinds during the day and make sure your windows are shut.  This keeps the cooler morning air in and helps shield the house from the direct sunlight during the day, keeping it cooler inside.
  4. We often forget to shut off our kitchen and bathroom fans.  Make sure to turn those off.  If you have your home cool or are using air conditioners, that air is going right up those types of vents, so don’t leave them on longer than you need to.
  5. Plant trees on your property.  Not only are they good for the environment but they provide shade coverage for your home.  How about planting some fruit trees and have the perk of growing fresh fruit in your backyard at the same time!

While this is just a couple of ideas, there are so many little ways to do your part and a lot of ideas are simple to accomplish. So don’t be afraid to try.  Save some energy this spring, we promise you wont regret it.

We want to hear your ideas! If you have any easy energy saving tips, please leave them below in the comments.

5 Ways You Can Use Your Switchmate!

Switchmate was recently reviewed by lifestyle blog, Mother Daughter Projects on different ways on how to use a Switchmate. Do you have a hard to reach light switch? Place a Switchmate on it and make it easier! Do you want to control your fireplace switch during the winter time? Snap on a Switchmate and start controlling the switch from your smart phone! Lastly, want to arrive home with your porch lights already turned on? Set the Timer on your Switchmate and your lights will turn on and off! Or you can set up the Welcome Home feature to have your light automatically turn on as you arrive home or enter a room!

There’s various ways and places to snap your Switchmate on and its set up is simple! All you’ll need to do is Snap your Switchmate onto your light switch, Tap the Switchmate App to set up your device after downloading from the App Store, and Start enjoying Switchmate’s many benefits!

Check out Mother Daughter Projects’ video on more ideas on how you can use your Switchmate!

Wonder What Having Switchmate Can Do For You? Lets Take a Look at the Timers Feature!

 

You know with Switchmate you are able to control your lights with your smartphone, but how you ask. Well let us tell you about one of the many features! We’ll first take a look at the timers feature.

Timers – Want your light to turn on and off when you are away? Let Switchmate take care of that for you!

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Switchmate’s timers feature automatically turns your lights on and off at preset times even when you are away from your home. You can make it look like someone is home even if nobody actually is! This feature is especially great to use when you go on vacation because you won’t have to worry about having a dark home while you’re away.

Also, we all know the holiday season is among us and some of us like to decorate our home with holiday themed lights. Ever forget to turn on your festive decorations and then also forget to turn them off? Don’t let your lights burn out during this holiday season. A benefit to creating a timer on your Switchmate is that you save energy because your lights don’t have to be left on all night long!

Setting timers not only takes care of turning your lights on and off for you, but the feature also helps you become more energy efficient and provides you a sense of security for your home. With timers, lights are on only during a designated time, and turn off when the time is up thus saving you the hassle, energy, and a few dollars on your next energy bill! The timers feature will also give you peace of mind when you know your lights are turned on and off for you while you’re away from home. Switchmate gives the effect that someone is controlling your lights even when no one is! Don’t leave your home in the dark, but also don’t leave the lights running 24/7!

Switchmate has two settings available on how you can select times for your timers:

  1. Preset specific times for when your lights will turn on and off
    • For example, if you arrive home around 5PM and go to bed around 9PM, set your Switchmate timer to turn on at 4:30PM so you don’t walk up to a dark home. Then have your lights turn off at 11PM to keep your house well lit for a short time after you go to bed to fend off unwanted behavior around your home. Don’t worry about leaving your lights on throughout the night but also have your lights act as a security blanket for your home.
  2. Choosing the Sunrise and Sunset options for when your lights will turn on and off
    • The Sunrise and Sunset options optimize prime hours of when to turn your lights on and off when the sun isn’t shining. Your Switchmate knows when the sun sets and when it rises thus keeping your home lit when the sun can’t. For example, with these options your lights can turn on when the sun sets at 4:35PM and then turn off when the sun rises at 5:50AM. It’s a great setting to have if you prefer not to have specific preset times for your timer!

Additional Settings: Repeat and Label

  1. The Repeat option allows your timers to function the same time for certain days, weekdays, or even everyday. You just have to select the days of the week you would like your timer to turn your lights on and off.
  2. The Label option allows you to rename your timers instead of the default name it is initially given. You get to personalize your timer however you like!

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Did you know about all these customized settings that the timers feature offers? Next time you open your Switchmate App and create a timer, don’t forget about these settings: Sunset and Sunrise, Repeat, and Labeling your timer to get the best experience with your Switchmate!

Stay tuned for more as we also take a look at the Welcome Home feature and Tap On, Tap Off!